25_Home Affairs / 2007/8 (C/D)
Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

Initiated by trace with funding from Atlantic Philanthropies and the Ford Foundation, Home Affairs is an exhibition and dialogue programme that examines the history and significance of the passage of the Civil Unions Act in December 2006, which made South Africa the fifth country in the world to legitimate same-sex marriage. At the Apartheid Museum till September the exhibition examines the different ways that people love, form relationships and make families. In the outer circle of the exhibition, we meet seven families, and examine the different forms that "family" takes in South Africa; in the inner circle, we look at the personal artifacts and photographs of ten same-sex couples who have been married –or who have considered getting married—since the Civil Union Act was passed. The exhibition aims to create greater understanding of what ‘family’ means in South Africa, and to provoke debate on the effects of constitutional equality and the Civil Union Act. Produced in collaboration with TRACE and curated by Sharon Cort and designed by Clive van den Berg with Hans Foster. With Mark Gevisser and Sharon Court.